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That, heaven forbid, and I'm going out on limb here....blog writing is used not to share a meaninful dialogue but to try and get better placement in the search engines.
Nah, don't believe a word of it!
Is this a PR event or a pagerank event?
Does this mean that G makes a habit of MANUALLY DECREASING PR FOR INFRINGING SITES? I mean, actual PR? You know, that thing derived from link graphs and 'votes', the bit thats mathematically determinate? Not some trust rank, or authority rank or whatever. Actual PageRank?
I like the fact I can now buy links for my competitor, report them as a buyer and get them penalized.
Or are they saying they have dropped actual PR? Do they mean they have ignored reality and just set a nominal amount, or devalued IBLs? How was this new amount calculated? Who decided it? Can it be overcome by adding links or is it a hard ceiling?
imho it is much better to just spend the time and money working on your own link dev. having a strong link profile helps you to weather a storm when a renegade employee or your competition does something that might harm you.
this is also a good lesson in reputation management. watch and learn from google as they dealt with this before the mainstream media really got on board.
We've asked these questions about PENALTIES. But I've never seen G say its PR that they are dropping during a penalty process.
In fact, I just don't believe them. Ok, they've changed the toolbar, but PR is a calculation, not an awarded value. So the question becomes, is the TBPR completely fictitious or is it a compounded score that can give interesting info about factors such as Trust?
Which then leads on to questions about what happens when TBPR drops- is it REALLY google frowning on you somehow, in a way that has nothing to do with your links.
Google definitely penalizes sites for buying links.
I just made a pay per post campaign for one of my sites and it has been penalized in google in less than 10 days from the start.
Now the posts from the blogs that were SELLING links rank above my site for [mywebsitename].
I thought sellers were to be penalized too ;-)
Of course it is much better to concentrate on your own work as you know it will deliver more. But not everyone in the world is as smart as you. Guess google would have some checks before they penalize, e.g. how long the links were there, etc.
Still want to hear more about Google Japan and paid posts? I talked about it with WebProNews here: http://***
WebProNews article and video interview [videos.webpronews.com] with Matt Cutts.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:01 am (utc) on Feb. 18, 2009]
Google Japan Apologizes For Inappropriate Pay Per Post Use
"Google Japan is running several promotional activities to let people know more about our products.
It turns out that using blogs on the part of the promotional activities violates Google’s search guidelines, so we have ended the promotion. We would like to apologize to the people concerned and to our users, and are making an effort to make our communications more transparent in order to prevent the recurrence of such an incident."